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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-21-07 05:09 PM
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17. Yes, we definitely need a POPULIST PROGRESSIVE AGENDA!
But we won't win if we don't bring what I called "middle of the road" Americans along with us. There's a lot of fear in this country and, right issues or not, those in the middle won't vote for polarizing candidates. We need the progressive agenda served up by a candidate who can win ~ that's reality, something we Dems aren't always so good at. Idealism is great. Progressive ideas are great. But if we can't get elected, we're still screwed.

Personally, I'd like to see a new party ~ a grassroots party with a platform that's progressive across the board ~ but even then it would have to be presented by the right candidate. Short of that, Richardson is putting forth what looks to be a populist progressive agenda (at least so far), and he may be nonthreatening enough to those in the middle to get their votes too ~ and WIN!
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  -It's all about the Independents, isn't it? elizm  Apr-20-07 04:43 PM   #0 
  - I think you are right...  waiting for hope   Apr-20-07 04:46 PM   #1 
  - My daughter's friends were just over...some will be voting for the first time in the next two years.  Just-plain-Kathy   Apr-20-07 04:52 PM   #2 
  - I tend to agree with the last sentence in your 3rd paragraph, but  spooky3   Apr-20-07 04:55 PM   #3 
  - Independents are important, but not the end-all  Capn Sunshine   Apr-20-07 04:55 PM   #4 
  - What Capn Sunshine said. We have to stand proud and loud for our progressive LIBERAL ideals  Vincardog   Apr-20-07 06:17 PM   #5 
     - I tend to agree about the 2006 elections...  elizm   Apr-20-07 06:32 PM   #6 
     - Roger that we need a bigger tsunami in 2008 we can't get that with a corporate candidate with hi.  Vincardog   Apr-21-07 01:24 PM   #10 
     - That's exactly true: It's more about the VOTING MACHINES than the independents...  loudsue   Apr-22-07 03:13 AM   #19 
  - This is the best conditions for an IND run I have ever seen and I've voting  CK_John   Apr-20-07 06:46 PM   #7 
  - 1% decided the last two presidential elections  cleveramerican   Apr-20-07 06:51 PM   #8 
  - They say that...  polichick   Apr-20-07 08:05 PM   #9 
  - Excuse me but that middle-of-the-road campaign is BS. The real question is  Vincardog   Apr-21-07 01:29 PM   #11 
     - Yes, we definitely need a POPULIST PROGRESSIVE AGENDA!  polichick   Apr-21-07 05:09 PM   #17 
        - I believe that pandering to the Mythic middle is a bigger threat than standing  Vincardog   Apr-21-07 09:24 PM   #18 
           - We're talking about two different things.  polichick   Apr-22-07 06:54 PM   #21 
  - I'm not willing to take the chance and play games with people lives.  w4rma   Apr-21-07 02:13 PM   #12 
  - self deleted  elizm   Apr-21-07 03:07 PM   #14 
  - our two parties, difference between a church and a family..  flaminbats   Apr-21-07 02:40 PM   #13 
  - Bingo  nadinbrzezinski   Apr-21-07 03:21 PM   #15 
  - Most definitely. The Independents and moderates  Jack Sprat   Apr-21-07 03:27 PM   #16 
  - No. This is why we lose.  sampsonblk   Apr-22-07 03:26 AM   #20 
  - Please let me be clear...  elizm   Apr-22-07 07:00 PM   #22 
     - But, getting the middles vote is what puts one party over. It's fact.  illinoisprogressive   Apr-22-07 07:06 PM   #25 
        - Facts are not always simple  sampsonblk   Apr-22-07 08:25 PM   #29 
  - Independents definitely helped us win big in 2006  skipos   Apr-22-07 07:01 PM   #23 
  - There ya' go...  elizm   Apr-22-07 07:06 PM   #26 
  - Being an Obama supporter makes it all the more apparent why to support him  illinoisprogressive   Apr-22-07 07:05 PM   #24 
  - Edwards consistently runs better than Obama in trial heats against Republicans  draft_mario_cuomo   Apr-22-07 07:09 PM   #28 
  - I agree with you and have nothing to add. nt  Clarkie1   Apr-22-07 07:08 PM   #27 
  - Yes, and here's what they are looking for.  ItNerd4life   Apr-23-07 08:32 AM   #30 
  - Obama and Hillary  WVHillbilly   Apr-23-07 08:55 AM   #31 
 

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